NPP primaries: I was surprised by my opponent’s results – Asenso-Boakye

The Member of Parliament for the Bantama constituency, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has expressed dismay at the results of the just-ended New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Primary in Bantama, stating that he was not expecting such a close contest.

Asenso-Boakye contested with Ralph Agyapong, a brother of the MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, in the Bantama constituency.

Before the election, Kennedy Agyapong accused Mr. Asenso-Boakye of corruption and urged NPP delegates to vote him out during the primary.

But Asenso-Boakye retained his parliamentary bid with 650 votes, representing 78.22% of the total votes cast.

On the other hand, Mr. Agyapong secured 181 votes, representing 21.78% of the overall votes.

In an interview on Starr FM, Asenso-Boakye, who is also the Minister for Works and Housing, expressed disappointment with the results, emphasizing that he did not expect his contender to garner such votes despite his legacy in the constituency.

“I wasn’t expecting such a close contest. In fact, when they announced the results, I was a bit disappointed that the guy could pull that number of votes.”

“I was surprised, but thinking about the emerging issues surrounding the outcome of the results, then I understood why. Because the guy, on his own, couldn’t have pulled that. I mean the kind of people supporting him behind the scenes.”

Source: Hamdia Mohammed

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